Transition Words Words to Add, Compare, Contrast, Exemplify, Summarize, and Sequence. The Functions of Transition Words



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Transition Words

  • Words to Add, Compare, Contrast,
  • Exemplify, Summarize, and Sequence.

The Functions of Transition Words

  • Transitions function to connect words, phrases, and clauses.
    • Apples and oranges are types of fruit.
    • Not only fast cars but also slow trucks make up highway traffic.
    • Henri stopped writing so that he could listen to his friend.

Transitions Add, Compare, and Contrast

  • Addition
  • We also visited Miami Beach.
  • 2. Comparison
  • We like them have to study.
  • 3. Contrast
  • Instead of riding, they walked.

Transitions for Example, Summary, and Sequence

  • 4. Example:
  • To illustrate, I will tell a story.
  • 5. Summary:
  • In sum, you must try hard.
  • 6. Time Sequence:
  • At last, she said yes.

Transitions of Addition

  • Common Words
    • And
    • Also
    • Besides
    • Too
    • First
    • Next
    • Last
  • Power Terms
  • Moreover
  • Furthermore
  • In Addition

Transitions of Comparison

  • Simple Ones
  • Also
  • Too
  • Complex Ones
  • In the same way
  • Likewise
  • Similarly

Transitions of Contrast

  • Simple Contrast
  • But
  • Yet
  • Still
  • Even so
  • Instead
  • Otherwise
  • Regardless

Transitions of Example

  • Simple Example
  • For example
  • For instance
  • Indeed
  • In fact
  • Of course
  • Complex Example
  • As an illustration
  • In other words
  • In short
  • That is
  • To illustrate

Transitions of Summary

  • Simple Ones
  • Altogether
  • Finally
  • Complex Ones
  • In brief
  • In conclusion
  • In other words
  • In particular
  • In short
  • In summary
  • On the whole
  • That is

Sequence Transitions

  • Simple Ones
  • Afterward
  • again
  • before
  • finally
  • last
  • lately
  • meanwhile
  • Next
  • soon
  • then
  • Complex Ones
  • as long as
  • at last
  • at length
  • at that time
  • in addition
  • in the past
  • So far
  • Until now

Watch out for Transition Words

  • Just like traffic signals on busy roads, transitions words tell good readers to watch out for a change of direction in the passage.
  • “Good readers follow the signals. Hence, you will too!”

Practicing Transitions

  • In addition,
  • Likewise,
  • Even so,
  • For instance,
  • In general,
  • Finally,


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